Finally, we have the software. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is running Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and combined with the insanely quick Tegra 2 and 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab provides a very enjoyable, effortless experience that most other Android tablets haven’t managed to provide me with.
When you boot up the Galaxy Tab you’ll be greeted with the lock screen. After unlocking the device in the usual Android way (dragging the lock icon to the outer edge of the circle), you’ll be transported to the home screen.
The home screen provides a variety of options for you. You can view the time, date, weather and even view a gallery of your image library.
You’ll also notice we have the “dock”, as seen on all Android devices. I say dock, but it’s really just a place underneath the home screen widgets for some of your applications.
The lower left of the screen is where the various buttons you’d normally find in physical form are located; the back, home, running applications and (to both my surprise and delight) a screenshot button.
The lower right provides information on new notifications, the time, signal strength and battery life.
If we press anywhere in the lower right, we’ll be presented with the familiar notifications screen, which is normally accessed by pulling down from the top. Here we have different toggles for various services such as Wi-Fi and GPS, as well as a brightness control, settings button and all of your notifications.
You then have the option to add widgets, app shortcuts and change the wallpaper on the Galaxy Tab by pressing and holding down on an empty space on the home screen.
Another great feature included in Honeycomb is that by holding down the home button, you are then presented with the Task Manager where you can kill all programs as well as free up system memory.
Conveniently, thanks to the large screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we can view all of the installed applications in one screen, a feature a haven’t seen too much of in other Android tablets.
Both browsing YouTube and web browsing are made effortless on the Galaxy Tab thanks to the professional and clean overall layout of them both, and many other native applications.
As well as all of this, many applications ran very smooth and were very responsive such as gaming. I tested out Angry Birds and Drag Racing on the Galaxy Tab, both of which performed exceptionally well thanks to the Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and four-way accelerometer and gyro. The new accelerometer and gyro worked incredibly well and, whilst gaming, it did feel much more responsive compared with the iPad 2.
All in all, Honeycomb on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 works brilliantly, is ultra responsive and enables you to do all of your daily tasks and more with extreme ease.
This is definitely the best implementation of Android on a tablet device I’ve seen so far, which on its own would receive a 10/10 from me.